72-year-old Steve Miller didn’t expect this. After all, he’s been eligible to get inducted into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame since 1993. But it has finally happened – Steve’s in. Miller spoke to Billboard:
“There wasn’t any urgency, I became eligible and nothing happened and it sort of went on for a while and the people started complaining about it and it became kind of weird Honestly I hadn’t even thought about it. I just got used to the idea that I’ll probably be dead when it happens, if it happens, then out of the clear blue a few months ago people started saying, ‘You’ve been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,’ and I’m going, ‘What are you talking about…?’
Meanwhile, rapper/actor, Ice Cube says it “means a lot” that the Hall of Fame is giving the legendary Hip Hop group NWA a nod. The group is also part of the 2016 class. Cube spoke to Rolling Stone about the induction:
It’s hard to sum up exactly what it means. It means a lot of things. It means that the group’s mark is kind of solidified. It’s all legitimized in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way … It’s everything that kind of eluded us in a lot of ways when we were coming up. So many people were opinionated about N.W.A. I think everyone now at this point, no matter how you feel about us, understands what the group actually did and what it means to modern music.
The other inductees to the Hall of Fame next year are Chicago, Cheap Trick, and late-60s rock band, Deep Purple. To be eligible, artists need to have released their first single or album 25 years ago (no later than 1990). The ceremony rocks at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 8. Event airs on HBO in Spring.